Trump’s National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said Washington would reduce its forces in Afghanistan to 2500 by early next year.
President Trump said in a tweet, “We should have the small remaining number of our BRAVE Men and Women serving in Afghanistan home by Christmas!”.
A deal agreed upon between the United States and the Taliban in February of this year marks the departure of full foreign forces from Afghanistan by May 2021.
Early reports indicate Trump and other U.S officials have said the strength of their forces will be reduced in Afghanistan between 5000 and 4000 troops by November of this year.
It is reportedly unclear whether trump was giving orders or verbalizing a long-cherished dream.
(Reuters) Trump’s NSA advisor O’Brien in an event at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said “Ultimately, the Afghans themselves are going to have to work out an accord, a peace agreement. … It’s going to be slow progress, it’s going to be hard progress, but we think it’s a necessary step. we think Americans need to come home.”
The advisor also hinted, that the United States is currently having fewer than 5000 troops in Afghanistan and this amount would be reduced by 2500 in the coming months.
Previously, Special Envoy to Afghanistan Peace, Zalmay Khalilzad, said as the troops level reaches to 4500, the United States administration will take decisions when ties and actions are evaluated.
Since the U.S war on terrorism in Afghanistan, around 2400 American troops have lost their lives and thousands of others have been wounded.